Sometimes it’s a good thing to put down roots. Not everyone wants to travel. Some like to ride out the storm in one place and just send seeds to see the rest of the world. Either way…as long as one is happy, that’s all that matters.
Trees tie us to the earth. They ground us and show us what strength and beauty are. Never take trees for granted. Always be respectful and polite. If it’s okay with the trees, hug them. Show them love and kindness. We are so very fortunate to be able to see and have them. Don’t ever forget that.
Photo: Jeremy Bishop
know how to keep secrets
they never tell
where nests are located
where a bunny or deer is hiding
where a boy and girl
had their first kiss
or where a new sprout
is pushing its way out of the earth
trees take everything in
and then let life move on
down it’s own path
in its own way
in its own time
Photo: Cole Freeman
Photo: Max Bender
Trees are good for climbing. They’re good for shelter. They’re good for listening to your problems and they’re good when it comes to helping you figure things out. They are good to rest in and they are good for holding small houses that don’t hurt them. They like it when you hug them and give them lots of positive energy. They hug back and return the favor. They like it when you decorate them and they like it when you sing with them, when the wind is rustling their lives. They don’t care if you read while you sit in their branches. they also don’t care if squirrels and birds build nests in their crooks either. Trees are generous and kind. They teach us all kinds of lessons, like how to have roots, how to reach for the sky, how to sleep through the winter and how to welcome guests. They ask for very little, just water and sunlight. They can pretty much take care of themselves. They don’t like peanut butter but they are okay with it if it’s mixed with birdseed and spread on their twigs, so the birds don’t starve when it’s ten degrees outside. Trees can be quiet or noisy, depending on how they are feeling. They don’t like bark piled up against their trunk because it kills them. They don’t like embers or fire around their roots either. They hate being cut down and would prefer to live out their lives in their own way. Trees never think about how beautiful they are because they just ARE, and that’s enough. They do enjoy tea parties and polite children, however. Nasty kids often fall out of trees and it’s not always by accident, believe me. Trees are not passive, they are quite involved in living every single day. So, when you see trees, say hello. Touch them and tell them to have a nice day. They’ll like that. So will you.
Getting ready for winter. Conserving energy. Leaves on the ground.
White birches have their eye on us. They don’t do well in this part of the country but that doesn’t stop us from planting them. Their beautiful white bark is so wonderful. This tree lives at the Chicago Botanic Garden with his siblings. All of them have eyes on their trunks. Really weird to see.